The Best Grooming Products for Oily Hair

Look, some scalps are just oily. And when the hairs grow up and out of that scalp, they tend to be oily, too. It’s a fact of life, and nothing to be ashamed of.

If your scalp—and your hair—are on the oilier side of life, then you’re quite familiar with the symptoms: The main one is looking like you haven’t shampooed for 3 weeks, despite having washed your hair five hours ago. Your hair is rarely voluminous and texturized, because it’s weighed down by the rapid sebum production in your scalp. And then, when you do shampoo, it’s parched and dull, at the other end of the spectrum. (For all of a few hours, before it’s greasy again.)

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It’s easy to combat this higher-than-most oil production, and in some cases, the scalp can be “reset” or trained to produce less sebum. Just put the following products to work (along with the advice scattered throughout), and you should be on your way to healthy, hydrated, controlled hairstyles—on the daily.

1. Old Spice Pure Sport Dry Shampoo

You already know and love Old Spice’s Pure Sport deodorant. The same classic aroma fills the air as you apply this dry shampoo (and it lingers throughout the day, too). But that’s not the only reason you’ll love this product: Better yet, it soaks up excess oil at the roots of your hair, preventing you from having to shampoo entirely. Sometimes shampoo renders your hair unstylable, because the strands are too clean to create texture, and that’s not a fate you deserve. So, alternate shampooing to every other day, and put this dry shampoo to use on the days between. It’ll volumize and thicken hair.

[$ 5.99;]

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2. American Crew Daily Shampoo

For the days you do shampoo, pick one that’s gentle enough to use daily, even if you’re alternating wash days. There’s a reason so many salons rely on American Crew, as the brand’s shampoo leaves hair clean but also style-ready. It’s packed with sage leaf and chamomile, too, to calm and nourish the scalp, and minimize bacterial buildup and odor from all that excess oil.

[$ 14.95;]

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3. Rahua Voluminous Conditioner

You need to condition every day, whether you shampoo or not. And Rahua’s volumizing conditioner is a stellar pick, since it moisturizes and plumps the hair like it was just blow-dried. Gone are the days when your oily hair was weighed down and lifeless. If you shampoo even less than every other day (many guys only wash once or twice a week), then this conditioner doubles as a great co-washer, where it still removes much of the dirt, grime, and excess oil without stripping any moisture. This is a good way to “re-train” your hair to produce less oil, too: Don’t shampoo as much, but flush and hydrate daily with an enriching conditioner.

[$ 36;]

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4. R + Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste

This paste + dry shampoo hybrid styler excels at volumizing and texturizing. Apply it to dry hair on a non-shampoo day. It absorbs oil while leaving a defined, lightweight, matte finish in its wake. Or, put it into towel-dried hair for the same volumizing effects.

[$ 29;]

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5. OUAI Oily Hair 90-Day Supplement

You can retrain your scalp to produce less oil—seriously. By shampooing less, you signal that the scalp should produce less sebum. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to rid yourself of the matter entirely, but it does help you get to the literal (and figurative) root of the problem. It just takes a couple months for the habit to show its result.

These pills are another way to “reset” the scalp, or to aid the process. A blend of green tea extract, vitamin A, and niacin work to regulate sebum glands. There’s also biotin and amino acids for fortified growth, as well as omega 3s to boost natural shine and definition—but not in the way that excessive oil ever did. Take them for 90 days, which is as many pills come in the pouch, while maintaining a lessened shampoo regimen. You should experience a far less oily disposition as result.

[$ 84;]


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6. V76 by Vaughn 4-in-1 Cleansing Foam

You can use this gel foam for all the essential steps in your regimen: Shampoo, shave, cleanser, and body wash. That’s because it’s loaded with nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and antioxidants like bamboo stem extract, as well as the cooling finish of menthol. The result is an instant “reset” on oil, minus any drying out.

[$ 22;]

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7. Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Sometimes, dry shampoo is a spray. Sometimes it’s a styling paste. And sometimes, it’s a powder, as is this Bumble and bumble product. A hybrid of silicone powder, corn + tapioca starch, and oat flour absorbs oil at the roots, and adds instant volume and texture to your style. Sprinkle it directly (and carefully) onto the scalp, or onto your comb. However, it’s most important to target the roots, just as with an aerosol dry shampoo. This is where the excess sebum collects, weighing hair down at the base. If your entire head is oily, then it’s time to shampoo in the shower.

[$ 28;]  

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The Best Grooming Products to Transform Dry Hair

If you have dry hair, you experience less grime and buildup than guys who have scalps that produce more oil (which is basically like a natural, all-day leave-in conditioner). That means your hair can often become brittle, wilting, and prone to breaking, making it harder to style.

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Like overly oily or thinning hair, it’s entirely possible to personalize your grooming regimen to overcome your natural dryness, and to condition the hair so it stays soft and stylable, You’ve got your work cut out for you, but with the proper products and regimen, it’s smooth sailing.

Here are some of our favorites—consider it a push in the right direction.







Jack Black MP10 Nourishing Oil

With a blend of 10 natural oils (argan, marula, and grape seed are the most prominent), this oil works on hair, beards, faces, and more. Use it with your usual go-to styling product; it delivers the necessary nourishment to keep strands soft yet defined all day—and with a natural shine to boot. You can also use it on its own if you have longer hair to tame frizz and flyaways. It’ll nurture dryer-than-usual ends to prevent splitting, too.

[$ 35;]

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Shu Uemura Absolue Overnight Hair Serum

An overnight hair mask that won’t stain your pillows, Shu Uemura’s serum absorbs quick and delivers high-powered nourishment to hair. It can tame the effects of humidity (i.e. frizz), while preserving natural shine and buoyancy. You can go right into your styling regimen in the morning, since there’s no need to rinse it out.

[$ 69;]

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American Crew Matte Styling Cream

Don’t be befuddled by the key ingredients in American Crew’s styling cream. Panthenol is a B5 derivative that strengthens the hair and thickens its appearance, and benzophenones help shield it from environmental damage. Together, they add moisture and prevent anything from compromising hydration levels throughout the day. You’ll get shine-free, lightweight, medium-hold style as a bonus.

[$ 15;]

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Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Conditioner

Mix a few drops of Kiehl’s leave-in conditioner with your daily styler, or use it as a lightweight styling cream on its own. It’s loaded with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and moringa oil, a trio that delivers and preserves moisture and defends hair against the elements. (If you use a blow dryer, you can also apply it before drying, so it helps shield from heat damage. But also, you should pick up an ionic dryer, per our tip at the end of this list.) This product will keep hair hydrated and soft all day; it’s the perfect complement to a nightly serum.

[$ 25;]

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Davines MOMO Shampoo

This gentle gel shampoo pulls away excess grime and product without compromising the hair’s natural moisture. “What moisture?” you ask. Touché, but since you still need to wash your head, do it with a shampoo like Davines’, which uses cartucciaru melon to soften and nourish hair, as well as a host of ingredients to strengthen and protect it: Vitamin A and C, sinc, potassium, and phosphorus.

[$ 28;]

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Hair Rituel by Sisley Restructuring Conditioner

If you’re super serious about fighting back against stubborn, dry hair, then use Sisley’s conditioner. With Vitamin B5, shea and coconut oils, as well as cotton proteins, it resuscitates dry, lifeless hair. In an instant, it feels fuller, softer, and more cooperative.

[$ 75;]

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Parlux 385 Powerlight Ionic Hair Dryer

If you use a hair dryer to style your hair, invest in an ionic one. They dry hair quickly without the same heat-damaging effects of other devices. This one from Parlux is a great pick. It dries hair from the inside out. It’s also low-volume, lightweight, and high-powered, so you can tote it on trips and spend less time on your morning regimen.

[$ 235;]

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The Best Grooming Products That Use the Calming Powers of Sage

New Agey types swear by the “cleansing” powers of sage, constantly burning dried bundles of the herb to clear negative energy from a room. We can’t vouch for the plant’s effect on auras, but there is good reason to add it to your grooming routine.



“For many people, sage connotes feelings of freshness,” says Michael Edwards, a Australia-based fragrance expert. “The earthy scent can remind you of a vibrant cleanliness, or it might evoke memories of hearty, comforting home cooking,” he adds.

Which means using products with the herb is a sneaky form of aromatherapy. And it’s more than a moment of Zen.

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“Herbalists believe it has astringent qualities, to help calm and soothe skin,” Edwards says.

We’ve rounded up our favorite sage-enhanced essentials, which will have you looking and feeling your best—without having to set anything on fire.

Method Man Juniper + Sage Body Wash

Create a spa vibe in your shower when you lather up with Method Man Juniper + Sage Body Wash.

[$ 6;]

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Lockwood No 43: Mint Sage Body Lotion

Lockwood No 43: Mint Sage Body Lotion contains shea and avocado butters for hydration, and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.

[$ 48;]

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Wise Simple & Natural Men’s Shampoo

The oil-infused formula in Wise Simple & Natural Men’s Shampoo keeps hair shiny and healthy.

[$ 20;]

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Cremo Exfoliating Body Bar Sage & Citrus

Cremo Exfoliating Body Bar Sage & Citrus has a zingy aroma and a gritty texture owing to lava rock and oat kernel.

[$ 5;]

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Le Labo Shaving Cream

Plant-based Le Labo Shaving Cream has a thick forumla with sage to tone your face, and chamomile to reduce irritation.

[$ 32;]

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Fulton & Roark Aftershave Cloths

Fulton & Roark Aftershave Cloths help soothe and heal skin thanks to witch hazel and tea-tree oil.

[box of 30, $ 28;]

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Seacrest’s Grooming Line to Be Sold on Amazon

Ryan Seacrest is making the jump to Amazon — at least for his skin-care line.
The television personality and entrepreneur will begin selling his direct-to-consumer brand, Polished by Dr. Lancer, on Amazon’s Luxury Beauty vertical.
Polished is a collaboration between Seacrest and celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, who has worked with Victoria Beckham, the Kardashians and others. It launched in 2017, but has only been available on the brand’s own e-commerce site.
“We brought Polished by Dr. Lancer to market so that men everywhere could experience a little bit of Dr. Lancer’s skin-care genius for themselves,” said Seacrest. “Our new relationship with Amazon marks an important milestone for the brand and will provide easy access to this great product.”
The product offering includes a microscrub for $ 35, a dual cleanse and shave for $ 20, a sunscreen for $ 35, an antiaging serum for $ 55, a lip-care sunscreen for $ 10 and a four-piece travel kit for $ 48.
Other brands on the Amazon Luxury Beauty site include L’Occitane, Calvin Klein, The Art of Shaving, Elizabeth Arden and dozens more.

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12 Awesome Fair Trade Grooming Products You Should Try

October is National Fair Trade Month. Why should this matter to you? If you’re making more ethical and informed decisions about the products you buy, whether it’s coffee or clothing, you should know the Fair Trade seal means that the farmers and workers behind the brands are paid fairly, fragile ecosystems are protected, communities are supported, and supply chains remain socially conscious. Add grooming products to your list.



Some of the best and most effective natural ingredients for your skin and hair, including coconut, argan, apricot, and brazil nut oils, are produced by small-scale farmers around the world. If you’re filling your body with organic food and drinking Fair Trade-certified beverages, consider taking the same care for the ingredients you’re slathering on your skin and hair. They’re often a healthier alternative—and easier to find than ever online and at your local stores. Here, a dozen of the best grooming products to treat your body—and your soul.

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Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wipes

Keep these portable wipes handy in your desk drawer, camping backpack, or gym bag for an instant refresh anywhere—no water required. In one swipe, you’ll tackle dirt, oil, and head off acne with the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of hero ingredient, tea tree oil. The oil, sourced from from the foothills of Mount Kenya, provides local farmers with a steady income and sustainable farming systems, and it funds area community projects, too. 

[$ 14.50;]

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Out of Africa Olive Shea Butter Hand Cream

You don’t have to be a Stark or a Lannister to know that winter is coming. This super-rich hand cream, made with organic shea butter, will soften those wind-cracked hands and leathery winter skin with the healing power of vitamins A and E. The brand also works closely with women’s cooperatives in Benin, West Africa, to provide income, health benefits, and education to the community. 

[$ 11;]

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Dr Bronner’s Organic Magic Balm

You may know this iconic brand for its line of organic castile soaps, but the more recently introduced Magic Balm is an equally stellar find. Apply a coating of this solid salve to new tattoos, gym-induced chafing and other assorted dry patches—from shaggy cuticles to scaly elbows to sandpaper heels—and they’ll instantly be smoother. The easy-to-use tin is chock full of organic ingredients, including beeswax, and oils from coconut, avocado, jojoba, olive, and hemp. The Fair Trade coconut oil sourced from Samoa even helps local farmers improve their land and diversify their crops.

[$ 10;]

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Nubian Heritage Abyssinian & Chia Seed Bar Soap

You’ll appreciate the earthy scent of this bar soap that uses chia seeds to scrub away dirt and dead skin. The nourishing amaranth extract softens your texture while ginseng encourages smoother, revitalized, and younger-looking skin. (Check out: 20 Ways to Look Younger—Without Looking Like You’re Trying.) The brand focuses on organic and natural ingredients, and the shea butter in this soap is ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana.

[$ 4;]


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Cocokind Facial Repair Serum

Night time is the best time to heal the damage we do to our skin all day long. Apply just a few drops of this serum before you hit the sheets will repair damaged skin, even out your skin tone, and reduce everything from redness to sunspots. (Find out why serum is the one grooming product every guy needs.) The organic oil trifecta of softness—coconut, avocado, and rose hips—absorb quickly.

[$ 10;]

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Honestly pHresh Prebiotic Natural Deodorant

A moment of truth here: The aluminum in your nuclear-strength antiperspirant that keeps your armpits dry could be harmful in high doses. Most other natural deodorants use baking soda to eliminate the bacteria that causes smells, though they can mess with the pH of your skin and give you rashes. This magnesium-enriched stick glides on easily, and attacks the bacteria that causes odor, leaving a deep and woodsy scent behind.

[$ 10;]

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Eco Lips Sweet Mint Balm

Tender lips shouldn’t be coated with a harsh petroleum. We like the ultra-smooth texture of this vegan balm that protects your smackers with a light and easy formula of Fair Trade sunflower and coconut oils. Vitamin E will heal the rough stuff and the stimulating mint flavor will keep your mouth feeling fresh. 

[$ 11, for 3;]

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Alaffia Coconut + Sea Salt Face Scrub

Get the dirt out with a natural scrub that’s tough on oil on your skin. This cleanser combines ethically traded virgin coconut oil, sea salt, and sugar for gentle exfoliation and deep cleaning that’s easy for everyday use. The brand sources the coconut oil and other ingredients through cooperatives in West Africa that empower women.

[$ 10;]

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Lush Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo

Give your stressed locks a break from the drying detergents found in most shampoos. This natural formula contains Free Trade honey and linseed to add shine and softness to your hair. It even naturally moisturizes without weighing down your hair. Best of all, like all Lush products, it’s made by hand. 

[$ 14;]

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Andalou Naturals Men Grooming Style Balm

We know, it almost seems contradictory that a natural hair styling product can control and define your unruly hair. But this formula of aloe, organic hemp seed oil, cocoa seed butter, and other earthy ingredients can tame your mane as well as your beard. (Check out: How to Tame Your Wild Beard.) You’ll appreciate the fresh scent in addition to the fact that the company uses sustainably sourced ingredients and donates a significant portion of its profits to charitable partners. Your beard will feel better, and you just might, too.

[$ 10;]


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Shea Moisture African Black Soap & Butter Shave Cream for Men

Great shaves start with a slick surface. Razor burn or bumps? Consider trying out this cream. The natural shea butter helps moisturize skin and creates a protective coating between your face and the blade. Bonus: Ten percent of this brand’s sales go to helping women-led businesses, or The Sofi Tucker Foundation, that helps organizations aimed at economically empowering women and their communities both across America and in Africa.

[$ 11;]

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Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint All-One Toothpaste

You have to hand it to this California-based brand. It’s been a pioneer in sourcing ethical and natural ingredients—and continue to expand its offerings, including this tooth paste introduced last year. Inside: 70 organic ingredients, including Fair Trade and organic coconut flour and coconut oil. And, if you were wondering if it was: vegan, fluoride-free, non-GMO certified, NSF-certified, a minty paste that uses coconut flour and coconut oil to leave teeth feeling clean and bright? Well, you’re in luck.

[$ 8;]

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20 best multitasking grooming products

Everyone wants to look their best, but let’s be real—time is fleeting, and using a ton of different products to look sharp can get aggravating. Plenty of products claim to be all-in-one, but it’s hard to tell exactly which live up to its claims.

After rigorous testing, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite multitasking products for your cabinet. You can thank us later.

1. 24/7 Protection Extra Whitening toothpaste by Sensodyne

$ 6.79,

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2. Lip Repair SPF 30 by Context

$ 10,

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3. Healing Ointment by Aquaphor

$ 14.99,

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4. Mug+Mane Lotion by Broo

$ 5.97,

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5. Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel by Jack Black

$ 25,

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6. All-In-One Face Balm SPF 15 by American Crew

$ 16.95,

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7. Self Tan Express Sheet Mask by St. Tropez

$ 9,

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8. Line Interception Power Duo by La Prarie

$ 350,

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9. Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment by Living Proof

$ 27,

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10. OneBlade by Philips Norelco

$ 34.99,

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11. Dual Cleanse & Shave by Polished by Dr. Lancer

$ 20,

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12. PRO LS All-In-One Cleansing Gel by Lab Series

$ 18,

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13. Face and Eye Cream by Oars + Alps

$ 22,

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14. Suave Shampoo & Shaving Bar by Ethique

$ 15.65,

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15. Rohto Dry-Aid

$ 12.99,

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16. Invisible braces by SmileDirectClub

$ 1,850,

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17. Hydrating 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner by Pert Plus

$ 6.30,

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18. Elements Mineral + Sage Body and Face Wash by Dove Men+Care

$ 5.49,

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19. Dual Action Exfoliating Cleanser by Kiehl’s

$ 28,

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20. 18-in-1 Pure Castile Soap by Dr. Bronner’s

$ 3.19,

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7 Powder-Based Products to Ease Your Sweatiest, Smelliest Grooming Problems

No grooming ingredient compares to powder: Its sweat-absorbing, skin-soothing, friction-stopping powers make it an obvious choice for the active man (and the just plain sweaty man, too). Yet, powder-based products might not be on your shopping list. That’s partly because some powders are masquerading as creams, lotions, fragrances, and hair products—and it’s up to you to seek them out.

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Luckily, we did that for you and identified some of the best powder products on the market. These seven will soak up odors and sweat, and leave you feeling more confident than any other product could. (Take that, beer!)

Sweat Stopper: Gold Bond No-Mess Body Powder Spray

Ever get out of the shower post-workout and find you can’t stop sweating? This body spray from Gold Bond will leave a fine sheen of powder over your body that’ll absorb moisture while delivering a hint of skin-tingling menthol. You’ll feel comfortable and cool for the first time in this godforsaken, nationwide heat wave.

[$ 14.37;]

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Fragrance: Byredo Bal D’Afrique Powdered Kabuki Fragrance

No, it’s not a makeup brush (though your significant other might try to steal it). Byredo’s Bal D’Afrique Powdered Kabuki Fragrance evenly distributes micro-fine powdered fragrance onto your skin. Work it into the pulse points on your wrist and neck. You’ll enjoy the citrus, woody, amber scent for hours. Go on and dab your beard with it, too.

[$ 65;]

Courtesy of Byredo

Foot Savior: Lush T for Toes Foot Powder

Lush has created a terrific antimicrobial product that neutralizes foot odor. Their powder utilizes kaolin (clay mineral), powdered herbs, and tea tree oil to keep your feet hydrated, while blocking moisture and preventing it from accumulating, warding off bacterial infections. Wear it daily, or just when you need it most, like pre- and post-workout or in the height of winter, when your dogs are buried in boots all day.

[$ 7.95;]

Courtesy of Lush

Junk Freshener: Pinaud Clubman Clubman Powder

Pinaud Clubman is a legacy brand in the powder biz, and its signature product will keep you feeling and smelling fresh in the nether region. A mix of cornstarch, zinc oxide, and kaolin soaks up moisture, prevents chafing, stops itches, and calms the skin. Wear your underwear when applying so it catches the loose powder. Otherwise you’ll have a snowfall around your feet. (Though they’ll benefit from the powder, too!)

[$ 6.95;]

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Hair Volumizer: American Crew Boost Powder

Since you need not shampoo daily (it’ll dry out your hair and strip it off its good oils), you might need a little boost between washes to soak up the excess bad oil that weighs hair down. After rinsing and drying your hair, sprinkle in some of this hair powder, which in turn texturizes the hair and gives it a lift. You can even mix it with other dry-application stylers for a grittier, tousled finish.

[$ 17.95;]

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Anti Shine + Pore Reducer: Lab Series Anti-Shine Pore Treatment

If you’re a little too oily in the brow, then you might benefit from this pore-minimizing, anti-shine lotion. The powder base lowers oxidation within your pores, which prevents clogging, absorbs grease, and tightens the pore walls. It’s especially effective if you’re heading on a date or job interview; they’ll never see you break a sweat. 

[$ 34;]

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Anti-Chafe: Skin Glide Anti-Chafing Cream

If you’re tree-trunky in the legs, you know a thing or two about thigh rub. It sucks. It happens when you work out; it happens in the heat; it happens when you wear shorts. And it leaves you walking bow-legged to avoid any added irritation. This powder-based cream dries onto your legs and creates a moisture barrier atop the skin. It doesn’t dry anything out, but it does halt moisture and neutralize friction. (And in turn, it prevents added funk in the area, too, since there’s a shortage of moisture.) 

[$ 9.99;]

Courtesy if Skin Glide

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33 high-end grooming products

You work hard—and play harder—so you need products that can keep up. That means dollar-store shampoo and deodorant aren’t gonna cut it.

We’ve rounded up 33 premium grooming products to help you look your absolute best. Some of these are a bit pricey, but they’re worth their weight in gold.

1. Phytoactive Hydra-Firm Intense Mask by Royal Fern

$ 180,

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2. Sumotech by Bumble & Bumble

$ 29,

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3. Nourish Eye Cream by Colbert MD

$ 135,

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4. Renewing Face Scrub for Men by Brickell

$ 22,

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5. Recherche Lotion P50 by Biologique

$ 91,

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6. CBx for Men Soothing Post-Shave Treatment by Perricone MD

$ 45,

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7. London Blenheim Bouquet Talcum Powder by Penhaligon

$ 69.99,

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8. Bay Rum Deodorant by C.O Bigelow

$ 20,

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9. Anti-Age Global Revitalizer by Sisleÿum

$ 275,

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10. Genexc Serum by iS Clinical

$ 105,

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11. Total Defense + Repair SPF 50 Sunscreen by SkinMedica

$ 68,

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12. Bright Future Overnight Facial by Allies of Skin

$ 120,

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13. Wall Street Strong Hold Gel by R+Co

$ 27,

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14. Dark Spot Fix by Verso Skincare

$ 150,

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15. Thickening Conditioner by Sachajuan

$ 29,

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16. Mustache Wax by Proraso

$ 12,

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17. Musclease Active Body Oil by Elemis

$ 60.33,

18. The Concentrate by La Mer

$ 360,

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19. Hair Lotion by Ducray Neoptide

$ 97,

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20. Re-charge Black Pepper Sport Muscle Soak by Molton Brown

$ 30,

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21. Nightly Lip Treatment by Dermalogica

$ 49,

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22. Real Shaving Cream by Musgo

$ 18.11,

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23. Rose Gold Shave Set by Harry’s

$ 95,

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24. DiamondClean Smart by Philips Sonicare

$ 197.99,

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25. Figuier by Diptyque

$ 34-$ 64,

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26. Royal Toothpaste by Marvis

$ 15,

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27. Vetyver Rinse-Free Hand Wash by Byredo

$ 30,

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28. Phytologist Shampoo by Phyto

$ 29,

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29. Bronzing Gel by Tom Ford for Men

$ 49,

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30. Cade Body Wash by L’Occitane

$ 18,

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31. U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil by Sunday Riley

$ 80,

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32. Collagen + Control Firming Facial Serum by GOA

$ 54,

33. Free Styler Working Hair Spray by Oribe

$ 42,

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25 best drugstore grooming products

Run around town looking for a boutique body wash? Not you. So, since you like your shopping trips short and sweet—and you’re already at Target, CVS, or your drugstore of choice—you may as well stock up on your grooming supplies, too.

Here are 27 of our favorite products.

1. Body Clear Body Wash by Neutrogena

$ 7.50,

2. Clinical Solutions Leave-in Dandruff Treatment + Old Spice Pure Sport 2-in-1 for Men by Head & Shoulders

$ 8.79, + $ 24.99, 

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3. Cool Mint Listerine

$ 4.99,

4. Cleansing Shave Gel by Edge

$ 4.74,

5. Daily Sensitive Skin Anti-Aging Fill-In Care by La Roche-Posay

$ 48,

6. Liftactiv Eyes by Vichy

$ 33.50,

7. Soothe & Sleep Epsom Salt Soaking Solution by Dr. Teal’s

$ 6,

8. Men Daily Face Cloths by Cetaphil

$ 4.74,

9. Moisturizer Original by Chapstick

$ 1.49,

10. Green Tea Blackhead Clearing Scrub by St. Ives

$ 3.64,

11. Cedarwood Beard Oil by Everyman Jack

$ 8.49,

12. Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal by L’Oreal Men Expert

$ 5.67,

13. A-Oxitive Antioxidant Serum by Avène

$ 44,

14. Skin Relief Hand Cream by Aveeno

$ 5.49,

15. Foot Cream by AmLactin

$ 9.99,

16. Men+Care Invisible Antiperspirant by Dove

$ 5.49,

17. Fiber by American Crew

$ 13.49,

18. Extra Strength Pain Relieving Balm by Icy Hot

$ 7.49,

19. Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask by Yes to Tomatoes

$ 15.99,

20. The Astonishly Super Face Moisturizer by Cremo Moisturizer

$ 8.41,

21. Sensitive Post Shave Balm by Nivea Men

$ 5.59,

22. Optic White Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate

$ 6.99,

23. Mach3 Turbo Razor by Gillette

$ 11.99,

24. Original Beard Balm by Bulldog

$ 8.99,

25. You Daily Fragrance by Axe

$ 4.49,

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Justin Pugh’s essential grooming advice

As an offensive lineman in the NFL, New York Giants guard Justin Pugh is always down in the trenches doing the dirty work of slamming blitzing defenders to the turf.

But when he’s off the field, Pugh is as clean-cut and well-groomed as anyone in the league.

The 6’4”, 301-lb lineman usually sports a close-cropped haircut and a finely groomed beard—and that’s by design.

“Don’t force anything and make the attributes you have work for you,” Pugh tells Men’s Fitness. “A lot of guys will try to grow out a beard, and it ends up all patchy and it doesn’t work. I’ll think, ‘What are you doing?’ I have a good beard, good head of hair, so I ride that wave. I’m not getting a bowl cut, like I’m Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber. Work with what you have and play to your strengths.”

Staying well-groomed is more than just a one-off thing for Pugh—he suggests all guys treat their style and grooming habits as a serious routine.

“Keeping yourself put-together is a lifestyle choice and you’ve really got to stay on top of it,” Pugh says. “It’s not just like, ‘Oh, this week I’m going to be good. Next week I won’t.’ It’s like working out or anything else—you have keep a good regimen and good grooming habits. Whether that’s taking care of your skin, your hair, your beard—it all comes into it.”

As for his go-to gear? While he was getting a fresh cut and shave at the Blind Barber in New York’s East Village earlier in the 2017 NFL season, Pugh talked about three grooming products he swears by, all from Conair’s “ManCrafted” collection: the Conair Man I-Stubble Trimmer, Conair Man Ear/Nose Trimmer, and the Conair Man Personal Grooming Kit, which has a detail trimmer.

Pugh spoke with Men’s Fitness about his essential style advice, his gameday grooming routine, and why a hat can be your best friend on a bad hair day.

MEN’S FITNESS: What’s your gameday or game week grooming routine like? Do you have any “grooming rituals” you always stick with?

Justin Pugh: I try to get everything done before game day itself. So every Friday, before we play on Sunday, I’ll get my haircut. I’ll trim my beard up and get it looking good. I try to get it done on Fridays, so I don’t have to stress about it. Because normally we travel on Saturdays and so even if we’re in a different place, I already have my same routine. I get my haircut at the facility and I trim my beard up at home, and it works out perfect for me. Come game day, maybe I’ll like take a straight edge and kind of line up my beard a little bit, because that’s when you get the five o’clock shadow.

We’re playing in front of millions and millions of people every week. So you’ve got to make sure you’re looking good. That one shot in the very rare instance I’d score a touchdown and they zoom into my face—I’d want them to think, ‘Ah, he’s got a good beard’ [laughs], so it works out.

How did you get involved with Conair, and what have you enjoyed about your partnership?

I actually got started as a rookie. My best friend’s mom used to work for the company and got me involved. Before we even started things up I used Conair products. Guys everywhere can probably can attest to this, but once you find something that you trust that you like to use, you’ll stick with it until the day you die. It was kind of a match made in heaven. I’ve been using the Conair Man I-Stubble and Trimmer, and it’s great. To go out and endorse something I actually use and I can say I personally like, it makes an easy transition.

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What’s your grooming and style routine when you’re getting ready for a night out? What advice do you have for guys looking to stay sharp when they go out?

I just started dating my girlfriend, so I’ve got to make sure I’m staying on-point, because she’ll call me out for it. But when I go out in public it’s the same thing about going onto the field. When you’re out in public, people are going to meet you for the first time, and no matter what people say, you judge a book by its cover. And you don’t want to do that, but at first look you are going to kind of get a thought formed right away, like, ‘Oh this person is well-kept-together or they’re a bit of a mess.’ You have those preconceived notions. Obviously, you can break down those barriers once you get started. But why not start out on a good foot? That’s something that I take pride in. Before I go out I always make sure I’m lined up.

What about those days when you’re not feeling your best, or having a bad hair or beard day? What advice do you have for dealing with one of those moments?

Sometimes a hat can be your best friend.

No, seriously: When I’m going to work in the morning, you don’t have to be dressed up for work in our business. So I’ve got sweat shorts on and maybe a T-shirt, and I’ll just throw a backwards hat on, and then I’m good to go.

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Heal the Burn: 6 Grooming Products That Will Help Treat Sun Damage

Spend enough time outdoors this summer and you’ll get at least a little red, even if you’re diligent about sunscreen.


Here are six ways to get relief, from scalp shampoo to post-sun cooling gel that’ll keep your skin hydrated while helping you maintain your tan.

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

Men with short or thinning hair often end up with scalp sunburn, which can trigger dandruff. The salicylic acid in Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo ($ 28) works as an exfoliant to clear away flakes, while the ginger extract curbs inflammation. []

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CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray

Spray this water-thin CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray ($ 34) on peeling skin to alleviate itchiness on your face and body. The cooling sensation comes thanks to ingredients like turmeric, aloe, and cucumber. Pro tip: Store it in the refrigerator for some extra aah. []

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Korres Greek Yoghurt After Sun Cooling Gel

Korres Greek Yoghurt After Sun Cooling Gel ($ 26) contains real Greek yogurt to help hydrate skin and ease the heat—and it promises to make your tan last longer. []

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Eir Sunset Oil

No matter how fussy you are about SPF, the sun will always inflict some harm to your skin. All-natural Eir Sunset Oil ($ 35) contains essential oils (olive, coconut, jojoba) and vitamins for healing, plus it will help repair damage and dryness caused by salt and wind. []

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Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair

The skin around your eyes is thin and sensitive, and being out in the sun can cause the area to swell. Dab a little Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair ($ 30) along the under-eye, post-outing (and during your regular morning routine). Its rye seed and linseed extracts help to strengthen and de-puff. []

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Maapilim Lip Balm

Swipe Maapilim Lip Balm ($ 9) on dry, sun-chapped lips, and let its sweet almond oil rehydrate and soften. Keep it on your nightstand, and reapply before bed. []

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12 Essential Grooming Products to Cool You Down This Summer

You might not think you run hot until the humidity kicks in and that thin veil of perspiration creates a Rorschach test on the back of your nice dress shirt. Or your forehead starts dripping like an ice cream cone on asphalt.


Don’t curse your interior cooling system, when you can rig it with these grooming products designed to help cool your temperature and keep you looking fresh.

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Ursa Major of Vermont Hoppin Fresh Deodorant

Keeping your pits fresh in the heat is no easy feat. But when you’d rather not unleash chemical warfare on your underarms, this natural formula deodorant harnesses botanicals like peppermint, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile, and lemon to keep them feeling clean. Eucalyptus fights the odor-causing bacteria and baking soda absorbs sweat.

[$ 18;]

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Gillette Sensor3 Cool

Beards can feel like a face fleece in the heat, but dragging a sharp piece of metal across your mug isn’t exactly a dip in the pool, either. Luckily, Gillette added a cooling, lubricated strip to this new disposable razor that also boasts a pivoting head and a non-slip handle so your shaves are smooth and refreshing. They’re packable and affordable.

[$ 7 for 5;]

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Oars + Alps Cooling and Cleansing Wipes

Keep these handy, portable wipes stashed anywhere you think you’ll need a quick pick-me-up. The rough side scrubs away bacteria from your face or body. Use the mentholated flip side to leave a tingly feeling behind. 

[$ 16;]

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Blackwood for Men Cooling Clay Facial Wash

Here’s news you can use: Dirt acts like a magnet to dirt. That’s why the Japanese Tanakura Clay and charcoal in this wash is so good at drawing out the pore-clogging gunk from your sweaty summer skin. The lauric acid will keep your face smooth from bumps and blemishes.

[$ 15;]

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Nivea Men Cooling Body Wash

No more red-faced returns to the office after your lunchtime workout when you use this wash. Consider the arctic feel of the mentholated formula your motivation for running extra miles on the treadmill. The invigorating sensation stays with you, even after you head into the sweaty streets.

[$ 11;]

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Jack Black Dry Down Friction Free Powder

So this powder doesn’t have a frosty mentholated feel like most of the other products in this roundup—and that’s probably a good thing. But it does have cornstarch to soak up sweat in your nether regions or wherever perspiration and friction equal chafing.

[$ 22;]

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Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

Toner isn’t fussy. Just the opposite. It’s the quickest way to the remove dirt and oil that your face cleanser leaves behind. Naturally refreshing elements, like mint, cucumber, and witch hazel combine like a power trio to help clear up redness and slow down your excess oil production. 

[$ 19;]

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Harry’s Post-Shave Mist

Welcome to the cooler way to calm your face after you shave. This shave mist soothes inflamed skin with aloe while the mint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils reinvigorate your senses. The alcohol-free formula won’t dry your skin either.

[$ 12;]

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Eir Cooling Lip Balm

You’ll get that just-brushed feeling every time you swipe this mint-infused and moisturizing balm across your smackers. Coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter will improve softness, and the bonus zinc oxide will keep your lips safe in the sun.

[$ 5;]

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Ernest Supplies Cooling Shave Cream

Pack this TSA-friendly pouch when you head away for a long weekend. No matter what your destination, the triple play of pre-shave oil, moisturizing shave cream, and post-shave soother in one won’t clog up your razor—or your Dopp kit.

[$ 25;]

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

Those tired, puffy eyes will betray your long night of beers and burritos. Freshen your face and erase your regrets in just 10 minutes with these gel patches designed to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and fill out fine lines. Forsake last night’s brew for this healing cocktail of peptides, ginko biloba, and Icelandic minerals. 

[$ 30;]

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Redken Brews Mint Shampoo

When your head heats up, it’s difficult to regulate your temperature. Just a squirt of this tingling formula feels like rubbing an icy mint on your scalp. Use it in tepid water to really feel the chilling effects.

[$ 15;]

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The best natural grooming products

Do you eat clean?

Take your vitamins?

Do a bit of yoga?

Then, holistic hombre, these natural grooming products are for you. Namaste.

1. Tea Tree Oil by The Body Shop

$ 11,

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2. Herbal Whey Calming Bath by Susanne Kaufman

$ 40,

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3. Bare Unscented Shampoo by John Masters Organics

$ 28,

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4. Cool Down Body Oil by Everyone

$ 12,

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5. All-In-One Cleansing Cloths by Olivina Men

$ 10,

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6. Tea Tree Hair and Body Conditioner by Paul Mitchell

$ 14.25,

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7. Elixir Vitae by Tata Harper

$ 380,

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8. Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream by Pai

$ 55,

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9. Moonlight Catalyst by Kypris

$ 77,

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10. Face Saving Shave Formula by Port Products

$ 19,

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11. Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner by Mūn

$ 65, 

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12. Invati Men Scalp Revitalizer by Aveda

$ 65,

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13. Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum by Ursa Major

$ 54,

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14. Beard Oil by F. Miller

$ 36,

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15. New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains by Farmacy

$ 30,

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16. Bug Spray by 21 Drops

$ 16,

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17. Fire Fighter Post Shave Balm by Origins

$ 20,

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18. Luminizing Black Mask by Boscia

$ 34,

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19. Deep Relief Roll-On by Young Living

$ 26.75,

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20. Mint Condition Lip Balm by Love + Sage

$ 12,

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21. Unscented Deodorant by All Good

$ 7.19,

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22. Vegan Moisturizing Oil by Inoar

$ 45, 

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23. Pain Relieving Ointment by Tiger Balm

$ 7,

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24. Sage & zinc facial hydrating Cream SPF 15 by Aesop

$ 40, 

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25. Wicked Fresh Toothpaste by Tom’s

$ 3.81,

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26. Neem Cinnamint Dental Floss by Desert Essence

$ 3.99,

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27. Phytologist Scalp Treatment by Phyto

$ 95,

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28. Wake Up Organic Body Wash by Plant

$ 20,

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29. Hydra-Repair Eye Balm by Grown Alchemist

$ 99.00,

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30. Bamboo Face Scrub by Golden Door

$ 48,

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31. Bamboo Age Corrective Mask by Eminence

$ 54,

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32. Formula V Multivitamin by Solgar

$ 39.52,

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33. Age Prevention Cleanser by Youth to the People

$ 36,

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34. Safety Razor by Bevel

$ 49.95,

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The Top 10 Grooming Products From The Art of Shaving

When it comes to getting the perfect shave, you know not just any tool will do. You need the right grooming products—that includes a razor, shaving cream, brushes, and after-shave balms. But sifting through all the products in a store or online can get overwhelming when all you really want is to get the best, fuss-free shave possible.

Luckily, there are a few places that make all of this a little easier on you—and your stubble–like The Art of Shaving.

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So if you’re in dire need to stock up on shaving products, we’ve found a few must-haves you should get your hands on, from brushes and razors to moisturizers and soaps.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Bourbon Shave Collection After-Shave Balm

Providing your skin with moisture is crucial to its health. This balm is infused with shea butter and glycerin to replenish and condition cells for a smoother appearance. 

[$ 55;]

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Unscented Shaving Cream

This shaving cream is made to soften and lift your hair for a close and comfortable shave. We love this product because it can be used with or without a shaving brush; it’s also free from synthetics and dyes. As a bonus, it qualifies for the brand’s replenishment service, which allows you to save money with every purchase.

[$ 25;

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Black Pure Shaving Brush

Using a shaving brush to apply your cream will give you a closer shave, because it lifts your beard and generates a rich, foamy lather. The Black Pure Shaving Brush is designed to retain water to help soften your beard; it’ll also lightly exfoliate your skin.

[$ 60;]

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Eucalyptus SPF 15 Daily Facial Moisturizer

Eucalyptus and chamomile oils work harmoniously to create a lightweight moisturizer that re-energizes your skin. The non-greasy, quick-absorbing formula helps protect your skin from UV rays and early skin aging. For optimum protection, apply this moisturizer 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure. 

[$ 35;]

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Rosemary Hair Shampoo

Cleansing your hair can strip valuable moisture. But this shampoo, formulated with a special blend of rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils actually promotes hair growth and leaves your hair with a natural shine.

[$ 24;]

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Bergamot Neroli Pre-Shave Oil

It’s imperative you prep your skin before you shave. This Bergamot Neroli Pre-Shave Oil will provide a protective layer to prevent against irritation and razor burn. It’s infused with citrus and sweet floral notes for an awakening scent. You can also get this product as frequently as you need, thanks to The Art of Shaving’s replenishment service.

[$ 30;]

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Sandalwood Body Soap

Made with glycerin, coconut oil, and essential oils, this soap conditions skin while simultaneously removing dirt and oils with each use. A must-have product, this soap also falls under the replenishment service to save you money.

[$ 18;]

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Gel Pomade Hair Styling Product

Gel pomades are a great addition to any man’s grooming arsenal. The Gel Pomade Hair Styling Product provides medium hold, making it easy to reapply and style throughout the day. Infused with juniper oil, your hair will be left with a light shine and noticeable body.

[$ 22;]

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Exfoliating Sisal Sponge

While you’re at it, give the rest of your body some TLC. The exfoliating sponge is made of soft knit sisal fibers with a lightweight flexible design for the ultimate cleansing experience. It’s also super affordable, so stop using your hands and pick up this sponge.

[$ 10;]

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Unscented Shaving Soap With Wooden Bowl

If you’re all about the wet-shave experience, this soap is right up your alley. Each use creates a rich foamy lather that helps to protect your skin from irritation and razor burn. Formulated with glycerin and coconut oil, its free of synthetic dyes and alcohol. As a bonus, the teak wooden bowl helps to keep your soap secure in various environments.

[$ 35;]

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The best men’s grooming gift ideas

Grooming products are the unsung heroes of the holiday season.

They’re as utilitarian as it gets, and no guy is going to complain about looking and feeling better—the benefits are immediate and visible.

So, let us help you help him: If you want to gift him something impressive, browse our favorite products of 2017.

1. For the essence

If you want to start him on a new scent, Cartier’s L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Parfum is an obvious choice: It’s woody with a pinch of honey and musk to keep things sweet but broody (from $ 90, Alternatively, stick an Old Spice Classic Solid Deodorant (from $ 4, in his stocking, too, for a scent that masks his natural musk but won’t overpower the cologne.

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2. For the beard

Everything he needs for his beard—except the trimmer—is in the “Man Sack” from Tiny Kitchen Soap Co: balm to tame flyaways and style, oil to soften the hairs and skin, and mustache wax for a fancy twizzle ($ 34.99, For the detailing (or for scruff, if he wants a clean trim), snag Conair Man’s 13-piece All-In-One Grooming System—it even has a nose- and ear-hair trimming attachment ($ 19.99,

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3. For the face

Any facial creams or serums from Lab Series’ Max LS line are the grooming equivalent of a gold label. The Maxellence Singular Cream ($ 160) is made from meteorite extract (really) to reverse aging, the Matte Renewal Lotion ($ 63) helps reduce shine while it nourishes skin, and Instant Eye Lift ($ 52) is the stocking stuffer for the guy who couldn’t sleep while anticipating his morning haul.

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4. For the body

Few bar soaps compare in size and effectiveness to Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap, and it’s no surprise we like the ones named “Naval Supremacy,” “Big Ass Beer Soap,” and “Big American Bourbon Soap” ($ 9, They smell incredible, and a six-pack ($ 33) might last till next year’s holidays. If you’re gifting for a body wash-loving guy, get him the Lqd Body Wash and Coffee Scrub Gift Pack. The body wash boasts coffee extract, aloe, jojoba, and avocado oil to keep skin soft while banishing dirt and grime, while the scrub rejuvenates and sloughs off dead skin. Together, they’re a match made in heaven. ($ 50 for 500ml body wash and 150g scrub,

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5. For the bare face

If you want to go all out, get him the RAZR Pro Lather Machine ($ 263.92, that builds a barbershop-caliber lather—and a hot one, too—for the smoothing, soothing-est shave. You’ll also want to pick up the shave concentrate that goes with it—it goes a long way (from $ 10.79 on As for blades, start him on a Harry’s subscription, so that he gets top-shelf blades and cream, replenished at healthy (that is, hygienic) intervals (from $ 3 per month,

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6. For the hands

The new kid to the U.S. market comes straight from the Holy Land: Maapilim’s Hand Cream ($ 27, uses ingredients from the Dead Sea to soothe your mitts and to retire dead skin while letting your healthy cells float to the top. (Plus, it has a scintillating bergamot-and-vetiver scent.) Ursa Major’s Perfect Zen Body Lotion ($ 26, is a super-natural healer as much as it is a body soother. (But use it for both!)

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7. For the teeth

Goby’s All-Black Brush Kit ($ 60 with subscription, will keep teeth pearly white, and a quarterly subscription (once every three months) will ensure a new brush head arrives at hygienic, ADA-endorsed intervals. The kit comes with a brush, head, charger, hygienic stand, and head cover. Plus: It’s sleek as hell.

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Grooming rules for younger skin

Treat your skincare regimen like you treat a fitness routine, gentlemen: Your skin needs time and attention to look its healthiest—in this case, for a clear, youthful complexion.

If you want to reverse some signs of aging, or prevent them in the first place, then consider these nine men’s grooming and skincare tips to look your best (and youngest!).

1. Cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize

The most essential skincare regimen includes three things: cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. You need to cleanse in the morning when you wake up, and again before bed. This will clear the pores of any buildup from your pillow and from the oils and sweat you produce, as well as environmental toxins and grime. Plus, you need to “cleanse” the canvas to which you will apply other products for them to be effective.

After washing, you should exfoliate the skin—but only twice a week. This gentle abrasive cream will remove dead skin cells and keep them from clogging the pores, while promoting your healthiest, most youthful cells to the surface of the skin.

Afterwards—morning and night—always rehydrate with a moisturizer, to nourish the cells, restore moisture (it’s all in the name), and create a protective layer atop the skin that prevents toxins from entering the pores.

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2. At night, wear a denser cream

You can substitute your evening moisturizer application with a night cream, which is packed with extra nutrients that your cells can absorb while you sleep. It’s important to have a bedtime skincare strategy, too, because your cellular regeneration happens much more rapidly while you sleep. This is why you often wake up to find that a skin abrasion has healed while you slept, as opposed to persisting all day long with little improvement.

Grab a night cream that focuses on repair and anti-aging (like Lab Series’ Night Recovery Lotion) to ensure that you wake up with the freshest face possible.

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3. Try a retinol

Talk to your dermatologist to see if you should start a nightly retinol regimen. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that nearly all dermatologists deem “the miracle anti-aging product”. Extended retinol use has actually reversed fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. But there are many precautions you need to take with retinol: avoid sunlight without sunscreen, only wear it at bedtime, and, if you have light skin, prepare for a little skin peeling while you adjust to it. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor, and have him or her prescribe the cream s/he thinks is best.

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4. Get lots of sleep

On the topic of bedtime: It’s important to get lots of sleep if you want youthful-looking skin. Seven or eight hours are essential, every night. Your body—every function, not just skin cell regeneration—needs this time to recharge, and if you routinely miss out on a full night’s rest, you’ll start adding years to your face, since you’re robbing your skin of all the precious time to help itself. You can’t “earn back” lost sleep, either: You need to be in the habit of consistent, full night’s sleep.

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5. Always wear SPF

UV rays are one of the biggest offenders to your skin. With every tan or burn, you’re mutating the cells, aging them faster and faster. Block these damaging rays with an SPF-packed moisturizer, to minimize the onset of wrinkles, dark spots, and rough skin. It’s your single best defense, and will have you looking 10 or 15 years younger than your peers when you’re 50 or 60. (But only if you start when you’re young).

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6. Level up with serum or a mask

If you want to take your regimen beyond the traditional three steps, consider buying a serum or mask. A serum is a lightweight, nutrient-dense liquid that penetrates all three layers of the skin (unlike moisturizer, which sits atop the outermost layer) and boosts collagen production to help keep skin firm and youthful. Apply serum after cleansing, but before moisturizing. (We like Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Serum.)

Whereas serum is like a super-moisturizer, a mask is like a super-cleanser. Funnily enough, you need to cleanse the skin before applying a mask, but then the mask does some vacuum-like deep cleaning and drying out of the pores that no routine cleansing can accomplish. Leave a mask on for 10-15 minutes as it tightens, then wash it away and hydrate the skin immediately after. This once-weekly regimen will keep pores clear and will prevent blemishes that wear out and age the skin. (Try Brickell’s Purifying Charcoal Face Mask.)

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8. Drink lots of water

Just as you need ample sleep to keep your skin looking youthful, you need to stay ultra-hydrated to keep your body functions fully nourished. Dehydration leads to dry and brittle skin, acne, slowed repair, and more. There’s a reason so many models have gone on record saying that their “secret” is drinking lots of water. It flushes toxins from the body, delivers nutrients, and keeps you looking youthful on a daily basis—and longterm.

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9. Cut back on caffeine, added sugars, and alcohol

The antagonist in your quest for youthfulness has three faces: caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. These vices dry out the skin, clog the pores, and compromise sleep (which, as you know, is a detriment to your youthful appearance). Natural sugars found in foods like fruits are OK, but it’s the processed foods and added sugar you need to watch out for. So, since you’re presumably well-rested already, limit yourself to one morning coffee. Then, since you’re so responsible, try sticking to just one glass of wine with dinner, and skip dessert.

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4 Can’t-Live-Without Grooming Products You Should Add to Your Routine

Long gone are the days when men had to siphon off facial moisturizers, serums, and hairspray marketed to women that they found in the medicine cabinet. There are a bevy of products out there for men in masculine scents: cedar, tobacco, leather.

However, there’s a big group of guys who don’t want to smell like a cigar club—and an equal number of women who eschew sweet, floral scents that are sold to the fairer sex. Over the last year, the products in my bathroom have shifted to almost exclusively unisex. The scents tend to be clean and herbaceous, and all the products are on the must-have list (instead of nice-to-have—I wouldn’t know firsthand, but I have yet to meet the guy who needs four kinds of beard oil). Check out some of our current favorites, below, that you’ll want to add to your regular routine.

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EIR NYC Pitted Deodorant
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EIR NYC Pitted Deodorant
This Brooklyn-based all-natural unisex brand has quite a few products I use on the regular, particularly the Surf Mud Pro face stick for SPF protection and the fizzy Active Face Wash. But it’s the deodorant I’m particularly crazy about. It comes in a biodegradable tube, and is non-obvious enough that I can throw it in my bag if I know it’s going to be a hot one. The protection is as good as I get from drugstore brands, and I love the smell of evergreen trees and sand, reminiscent of the northern coast of California. This is the sort of thing I stock up on and give to my friends to try.

[$ 22;]

Maapilim Facial Mud Mask
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Maapilim Facial Mud Mask
If you haven’t tried a mud mask before, you’re going to love it. Cake this stuff on, which smells soothing, like a ceramics studio, wait until it gets dry and matte, and wash it off with a cloth. Clear pores and oil-free skin await, which makes this a summer must-have. Getting it off can be a bit of a production, so if you’re short on time in the morning, rub some across your nose and chin, have coffee and brush your teeth while it dries, then wipe off the mud and go.

[$ 38;]

Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo
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Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo
There are some mornings that a full post-workout in the shower isn’t in the cards and the best you can hope for is a paper towel wipe-down and forgiving coworkers. On those days, I add one more thing to the express itinerary—dry shampoo. These products are supposed to give you a quick refresh and soak up some scalp sweat. Fair enough. But often, they come out too powdery and you turn out looking like an 18th century barrister. This spray comes out fast, cold, and mostly clear. Plus, it gives your hair a little lift and style as it dries.

[$ 35;]

Youth Corridor Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum
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Youth Corridor Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum
I’m 34, but a few months ago I realized there were lines and sagging on my face that made me look (and feel) quite a bit older. So I’ve been pretty religious about applying a few drops of this serum to my mug every morning, and man has it made a difference. My skin looks brighter and it’s more resilient, especially when I spend the whole day in the sun. And it feels healthier to the touch. It’s pricey, but a bottle should last you about a year.

[$ 195;]

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2018 style and grooming resolutions

2017 was full of ups and downs, so there’s no doubt most of us are ready to say hello to a new year.

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9 men’s grooming habits to start the new year

A grooming resolution covers many bases: skin, hair, facial hair, hygiene, teeth, and more (just as a fitness resolution has all sorts of objectives, like cardio, lifting, and core work).

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Grooming rules for a better beard

Having a beard is a lot like having a pet, or maybe a Chia Pet. As such, you’ll notice that beard maintenance is a lot like taking care of a living, breathing organism.

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10 Father’s Day Gifts That Will Improve Your Dad’s Grooming Game

Relatively speaking, there are only a handful of guys on this planet whose grooming routines are truly dialed in and optimized for everything. The rest of us could probably use a little help. If your dad, or a dad you’re shopping for this Father’s Day, is among that number, help him out with one of the 10 gifts below, all of which were selected because they can help him look a little more handsome, spend less time getting ready, or improve on the tools and products he’s been using for decades.

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Grooming rules for men with thinning hair

For most men (and plenty of women), hair is a source of pride—but it’s a finite one. We must come to terms with the fact that, as we age, this pride source thins, recedes, falls out, and sometimes vanishes completely.

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The guide to Valentine’s Day grooming

So it’s finally Valentine’s Day, and you finally asked out that person you’ve been thinking about for weeks.

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5 Grooming Products You Definitely Need at the Beach

Protect your skin from the sun, and help heal it when you forget. From inexpensive but powerful sunscreen to lip balm with SPF and post-beach essentials, these five grooming products are must-haves for your time in the sun (and after it) this year.

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5 Grooming Products You Should Always Have in Your Backpack

There’s no rolling luggage on the trail. Everything you bring must be lightweight and utilitarian. From dry shampoo to bug repellant and on-the-go cleansing wipes, here are five grooming products you need to pack in your backpack, no matter what trip you’re heading on next.

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6 Grooming Products That Will Help You Hide Your Hangover

Pop an antacid, rub on this stuff, and hide the fact that you went too hard last night. From better face wash to a night serum, here are the grooming products worth your attention.

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5 Grooming Products You Should Always Keep in Your Gym Bag

There’s a tool for every job, and there’s a grooming product for every occasion. Here are five essentials worth a spot in your gym bag. Go from a.m. sweat-fest to morning meeting in no time.

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The One Grooming Product Your Routine Is Missing

If you use a moisturizer religiously yet your face still looks dull, it’s time to add a serum. They’re light and thin, and specifically formulated to penetrate skin, smoothing out your rough spots.

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Grooming Essentials, But Better: 22 Carefully Curated Products

A pack of disposable razors and a potent aftershave just won’t cut it anymore. That’s why we teamed with our well-groomed friends at Huckberry, one of our favorite online shops, to curate a list of quality products for the hirsute or the clean-shaven.

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This Affordable New Grooming Brand Wants to Help You Combat Hair Loss

When you think of losing your hair, you may think of those commercials led by a guy who’s not only the president of the club, but also a client. Then there’s those over-the-top contraptions that cost more than a mortgage payment and sit atop your head “for only three minutes a day” (for the rest of your life). If those don’t come to mind, there’s a battery of drugstore treatments that are proven to work, but leave your hair feeling greasy and flat—the opposite of that you want when managing thinning hair.

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6 Grooming Products That Will Save Your Hair This Winter

There is no doubt as the weather cools down, the air gets dryer, and the wind whips around with brutal force, your skincare needs shift. You can have dry, flakey skin and itchy, ashy patches. So every winter you do something about it—you buy lotion, maybe you turn down the temperature of the water during your showers, and you dust off the humidifier to emit moisture while you sleep.

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Our 3 Favorite Multitasking Grooming Products

You wouldn’t use a shampoo as a face wash or a moisturizer as a hair gel — but maybe you should. “We’ve been programmed to require separate cleansers for face and scalp,” says Jeremy B. Green, a Miami-based dermatologist, but you don’t need a million things in your gym bag or shower. With the right ingredients, a product can work well for hair, face, and body. For example, a cleanser with a hydrating ingredient like coconut oil can pull triple duty, providing enough slip for a shave, purging dirt without drying, and giving hair a thorough clean. And a face moisturizer with an emollient like shea butter can double as a styling tool for your hair or beard. “Softening your beard and the skin underneath with a moisturizer helps a beard grow better and look healthier,” says Oscar Blandi, the New York grooming specialist who has tamed Jimmy Fallon’s mop. Here, we’ve made things even simpler by finding three products that, together, are all you need to look your best.

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4 Grooming Product Ingredients You Should Be Avoiding

When it comes to improving your overall health, there’s a lot you can do. You stop drinking booze if you have liver problems. You avoid cholesterol if you starts showing signs of heart disease. So why do most men continue to completely overlook the massive organ that holds it all together? It’s time we break down what should be going on with with your skincare routine.

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4 Grooming Product Ingredients You Should Be Avoiding

When it comes to improving your overall health, there’s a lot you can do. You stop drinking booze if you have liver problems. You avoid

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You wouldn't use a shampoo as a face wash or a moisturizer as a hair gel — but maybe you should. "We've been programmed to require separate cleansers for face and scalp," says Jeremy B. Green, a Miami-based dermatologist, but you don't need a million things in your gym bag or shower. With the right ingredients, a product can work well for hair, face, and body. For example, a cleanser with a

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A Radical Idea: One Scent for Your Whole Grooming Routine

Like most men, you have your favorite shaving cream. Your preferred beard oil. Your tried-and-true aftershave. You probably also have your favorite cologne. On a case-by-case basis, this is a good thing. But taken as a whole, the crash of competing aromas can be overwhelming, if not headache-inducing.


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7 Grooming Mistakes to Never, Ever Make During Your Morning Commute

The morning struggle is real. We get it. But whipping out a full makeup kit, complete with an eyelash curler and pencil sharpener, isn’t just distracting to people around you—it’s also pretty unsanitary and maybe even a little dangerous (moving train, vulnerable eyeballs…need we go on?). Don’t be that person. Here, the must-know rules for primping and grooming on the go.
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Postpartum Grooming: Insane or Indispensable?

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This weekend, The New York Times published a piece on the rise of postpartum grooming, aka the practice of bringing a hairstylist to the hospital after giving birth. It seems more and more women are choosing to have professionals make sure they look their best for those first pictures with their newborn.

For someone who doesn’t have a baby, this all could come across as a bit excessive. Really, how can someone be worried about frizzy hair when they’ve just delivered a new life into the world? The Times piece points to a preoccupation with famous new moms, like Kate Middleton, who managed to look impeccable and paparazzi ready when she exited the hospital with her daughter, Princess Charlotte, only hours after giving birth. Instagram is another likely culprit, as many birth announcements are now broadcast on social media within minutes of cutting the umbilical cord. But in my own experience, the pressure to look presentable so soon after such a strenuous task—it’s called labor for a reason—didn’t come from the Internet or from celebrities, it came from other moms.

When I was approaching my due date earlier this year, I called my cousin, who had a daughter a few months back, to ask for her advice on what I should pack in my hospital bag. She listed a series of must-have items, which included a comfortable robe, warm socks, and fresh linens, before saying to me, in the most serious of tones, “Do not forget to bring some mascara. I forgot to pack mine and I looked so tired in my photos.” Until then, I hadn’t even thought about taking makeup to the hospital, I was too anxious thinking about contractions and C-section horror stories to care about what I would look like afterward. But she raised a valid point. Those first photos with your baby last forever, and who wants to regret looking terrible in them for a lifetime? I hung up and jotted down “makeup bag” on my packing list.

Another friend who has a one-year-old son shared her prepartum grooming strategy: After she had her first contraction, she called her doctor—who told her she was still hours away from having to go to the hospital. He suggested she walk around her neighborhood in order to speed up the process, and so she strolled to a nearby nail salon. “It was the perfect way to kill time until the contractions got closer together,” she said. “Not only was it relaxing, but I was also all set for the photos.”

While most postpartum snapshots are taken by family members, some hospitals now offer the services of a professional photographer to immortalize the moment. Instead of fuzzy iPhone photos, these pictures are taken with a bright flash, making the pressure to look good seem that much more intense. A fellow coworker tipped me off about the hospital photographer in advance. Earlier this year, she was pregnant with her second child, so she already knew to prep in advance. While she didn’t book a blowout in the hospital for fear of being perceived as too high maintenance, she did book one for just before she gave birth. “I wanted to feel my best,” she says simply. “And I got a pedicure, too—because who wants to stare at unpolished feet while pushing?”

In the end, I didn’t have much time to weigh the decision. My daughter, Paloma, surprised us all by deciding to come one week early. And while I didn’t enlist the help of a professional hairstylist, I will admit that when I felt the first twinges of a contraction, I jumped in the shower and proceeded to blow-dry my hair in anticipation. Of course, after seventeen hours of labor, the blowout didn’t exactly hold up. I also skipped on applying mascara, thankfully, since I cried my eyes out after my daughter was handed to me. But looking at those first photos, I don’t notice my sweaty hair or my red puffy eyes. Instead, what I see is the look of absolute love on my face as I met my baby for the first time. And really, what’s more beautiful than that?

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The Most Iconic Faces To Inspire Men’s Grooming Over the Past 30 Years

This article was written by Emma McKay and was originally published on AskMen.

On a crisp late January evening in Paris, in a sprawling bar, Le Perchoir, spanning several stories high above the streets of the 11th arrondissement, pro kiteboarder Youri Zoon ambles in for his interview. As we talk, the bar fills up with a who’s who of Parisian cool, posing for photos and sipping bespoke cocktails: fashion industry savants, women in faux fur and big felt hats, avant-garde musicians. We’re here to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Biotherm Homme, a high-end French skincare brand (disclosure: I was there as a guest of Biotherm Homme).

Youri’s passionate about his sport, and his enthusiasm shines through in his lack of canned responses. We talk about kiteboarding more than we do moisturizer. As the face of Biotherm Homme’s Total Recharge line and the subject of the brand’s new 360-degree Oculus Rift video (shot using six GoPros strapped to his head), Zoon’s life exposes him to all the punishment that wind, salt and sun can bring. Between his extreme activities and frequent air travel, Zoon’s skin is no stranger to fatigue and dehydration — this guy legitimately needs cold weather skin care.

Biotherm Homme’s choice of Zoon over a more recognizable celeb or model got me thinking about the kinds of men who’ve appeared in grooming campaigns over the years. How do brand ambassadors reflect men’s evolving attitudes toward grooming? I decided to take a closer look at some of the most iconic faces from the past 30 years of marketing grooming products to men. I’ve included men’s underwear ads in this roundup because, as intimate and personal products that haven’t always been marketed directly to men, they follow a similar trajectory to grooming ads, addressing men’s appearance-related aspirations through a focus on the male physique of the moment.

Putting Men In The Picture

In 1985, when Biotherm Homme’s first product, an anti-wrinkle cream for men, launched, only about a quarter of all men’s products were actually purchased by men, so marketing campaigns for men’s grooming products inevitably targeted women.

Women were still the focus in 1990, when Chanel launched a campaign for its new men’s cologne, Egoiste, in which the male subject never actually shows his face. The ads represented a shift for the brand. Arie Kopelman, then-president and chief operating officer of Chanel, spoke to the New York Times in 1991 about the campaign, explaining that, “The focus has always been on the women’s products. Until now, we’ve never put any marketing power behind the men’s fragrances.”

Mark Wahlberg for Calvin Klein, 1992


In 1992, long before Bieber ever slunk around in CK boxers, Calvin Klein introduced Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg into its campaigns, and the rapper/actor’s abs as captured by the late legend Herb Ritts helped sexualize — and popularize — something as previously mundane as men’s underwear. Then-Calvin Klein Senior VP Neil Kraft, who was behind the Wahlberg campaign, recently explained to AdAge: “[Wahlberg] appealed to women, he appealed to gay men and he appealed to men who wanted to be him.” The campaign had a massive impact on the men’s underwear industry, boosting sales “exponentially.”

Tyson Beckford for Polo, 1993


With their Tyson Beckford campaigns, the all-American Polo Ralph Lauren brand introduced a face and a muscular, sculpted physique who could play Marky Mark’s game while giving the alpha male a distinctive new look. Beckford helped define the ’90s, to the point that in 2014 he was named by Vogue as the No. 1 male model of all time.

Larry Scott for Acqua di Gio, 1997-2007


Larry Scott was the face of Armani’s Acqua di Gio for a decade. He pioneered the now-iconic “wet guy” look, and it’s been a go-to for marketing men’s fragrances ever since. We don’t really know if he’s been rolling around on a beach, if he just surfaced from a deep dive or if he just stepped out of the shower, and it doesn’t really matter — we see the wet guy up close, with beads of water trickling down his face. He must smell good.

David Beckham for Armani, 2008


David Beckham was the face of Armani, and just about everything else, in the late 2000s. “The biggest metrosexual in Britain,” according to the man who coined the term, was also husband to a woman successful in her own right, a tattooed father and a legendary retired soccer player. Appearing in ads for Pepsi, Samsung, Adidas and Burger King, H&M and more, he represented the male ideal on an international scale: accomplished and attractive, with rebellious sex appeal. His signature scent, Intimately Beckham for Him, which launched in 2006, was one of the first male celebrity scents on the market.

Clive Owen for Bvlgari Man, 2010


With its campaigns featuring Clive Owen, who had appeared in ads for Lancôme’s Hypnose Homme just three years earlier, Bvlgari Man also drew upon the actor’s power as a credible influencer. His poses in these ads are relaxed; they present him as a multidimensional, interesting guy, somebody you could see yourself having a drink with.

Isaiah Mustafa for Old Spice, 2010


Isaiah Mustafa’s Old Spice ads helped usher in the viral internet era with a memorably big splash of aftershave. The zany ads got people talking, and that meant they were talking about Old Spice — a brand many guys previously identified with their grandfathers — again. Brut retaliated that same year with its “Slap a man in a towel” “Brut slap” online campaign, in which a man somewhat resembling Mustafa, wearing a towel, could be slapped via a click of a mouse.

Michael Phelps for Head and Shoulders, 2012


In recent years, companies began to select athletes over models and celebrities to promote men’s grooming products, and these athletes don’t all resemble David Beckham. As men who actually sweat, smell and expose themselves to the elements on a regular basis, athletes provided a more authentic opportunity to connect with men around the topic of male grooming needs.

At the Biotherm Homme party in Paris, Bixente Lizerazu, a current face of Biotherm Homme and a retired champion soccer star, explained to me how he witnessed grooming catch on in locker rooms: “It happened gradually, little by little, first of all in the changing rooms after training sessions, suddenly you noticed guys using creams. At first it was a little bit funny, or awkward, but it changed.” Brands seized on the opportunity to connect high-performance athletes with their products, especially when the opportunity was the 2012 Olympic Games, an event that had the entire world’s attention.

Ryan Lochte for Gillette, 2012


Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte were just two of 150 top athletes sponsored by P&G, the parent company of brands like Gillette and Head & Shoulders, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Like the Old Spice example, this Gillette campaign is the unmistakeable product of a viral internet era, hashtags and all.

Dwyane Wade for Dove Men+Care, 2013


In 2013, as consumers tired of the “doofus dad” archetype they’d been served for years, brands took realness and relatability to a whole new level. Dove Men+Care worked with NBA star Dwyane Wade and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas for 2013’s “Real Moments” campaign, presenting an image of hands-on fatherhood that speaks to modern guys. Dwyane Wade appears at home, with his kids, a natural setting in which he’s not being presented as a useless dad or an unattainable hero, taking the locker-room endorsement to a place that really hits home.

Juan Betancourt for Tom Ford, 2013


The interesting thing about model Juan Betancourt in this 2013 Tom Ford ad is that he has a facial hair. In 2013, we were deep in a “peak beard” moment (and it isn’t over yet). The interesting thing about this ad campaign is that, although this particular image recalls the “wet man” look we’re so used to seeing in men’s grooming ads, other images in the campaign show Betancourt actively grooming himself — wearing a clay mask in one image, applying an under-eye cream in another. “For the first time ever,” Josh Meyer, CEO of Brickell Men’s Products, points out, “starting in 2013, men spent more on skincare products than they did on shaving products.” No question about it: men’s grooming has gone mainstream.

Jonas Kessler for John Varvatos, 2014


In this ad, part of his 2014 campaign for John Varvatos, the bearded Jonas Kessler may be shirtless, but his frame is not nearly as “ripped” as a Wahlberg, Beckford or Beckham. The diversification of the kinds of images used to sell men’s grooming products reflects the diversification of the market in general. Explains Meyer, “The larger an industry, the more fragmented and specific it gets.”

Whereas just a few years earlier, men might have been self-conscious to admit any involvement with grooming products, at this point, men are legitimately interested in the benefits of looking their best. They want to look “well-groomed, tan, [with] less wrinkles, fuller hair, [have] no [or] less acne, smooth silky skin and anti-aging options,” according to Larry H. Oskin, president and founder of Marketing Solutions, a marketing agency specialized in the beauty industry. As Meyer points out, “younger men (ages 25-40)… grew up using hair gel and other ‘metro’ hair products for men, so using skincare is a natural evolution.”

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